Racela, TNT still holding out hope for q’finals berth

first_imgUK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed LATEST STORIES TNT started out flat, falling behind, 3-21, and saw the lead extend to as high as 30, 37-67, before playing catch-up all game long.Racela felt that one factor which played a part in that early hole was the distraction brought upon by the trade which shipped Sidney Onwubere, Kris Rosales, and its 2018 first round pick to Rain or Shine in exchange for Jericho Cruz.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I think it had an effect in our game because when I entered the dugout, the players’ faces were different. It was really a surprise to them. I talked to them right before the game and told them that the best way to deal with it is just be professionals. It’s part of the business,” he said.The trade was only approved on Thursday. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netEvery game matters, and that statement couldn’t be more true for TNT at this stage in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.With TNT on the outside looking in at ninth place with their 4-6 card, coach Nash Racela rued the KaTropa’s missed chance to boost their campaign after falling to GlobalPort, 84-99 on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Russian fans proudly flying flag at Olympics despite ban Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Though Jayson Castro tried to bring the KaTropa back in the game and cut the deficit to just 10, 84-94 with 2:33 remaining, Racela understood why his side was unable to complete the comeback bid.“GlobalPort’s lead was just too big. They really played well. They made their shots from the outside at the start, and they even made tough shots when we were making our run. It’s hard to make a comeback if that’s the case.Racela knows there’s no more point in crying over spilled milk as he shifts his focus on TNT’s final game against NLEX on February 28 to give his side one last chance to make an argument in entering the quarterfinals.“We still hold our fate because for us to be able to give ourselves a chance, we still need to win that last game,” he said. “If we lose that, we won’t be talking about anything. But if we still correct things and get one win, maybe that gives us some smallest of chances.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View commentslast_img read more